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Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dharma Ocean Series
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (November 19, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877736367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877736363
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2013
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Many books on Buddhism are written by people who got into it late in life. With Orderly Chaos - The Mandala Principle we are hearing from a Tibetan, Chogyam Trungpa, born in 1940, who at age 13 months was identified as a reincarnation of a venerable teacher. His tale is told in the book Born in Tibet. So this is a man who was trained from infancy in what it meant to be Buddhist, and who has lived that life with focus. He then moved to the Western world, due to the many political pressures, and brought his message to the US.

Orderly Chaos covers two different seminar sets he gave, one in 1972 and the other in 1974. In each he gives 6-7 speeches on an aspect of Buddhism, and then there question-and-answer sessions with the students. So you get both his wisdom in a straight flow, and then also back-and-forth with clarifying questions.

First, let me say that it is amazing to hear directly from a person of this level. Often they can only speak through an interpreter and only in terms that others find baffling. Here we have someone who lived in Western culture, who can speak in terms of blue jeans and "tripping" on drugs and so on. He can try to make things relateable. Also, clearly this man is an expert in his field. He knows all the ins and outs of the various terms and philosophies and can field any question thrown at him. So the book is well worth reading in terms of seeing a look into his thoughts on a variety of topics.

That being said, as much as this book is touted as a great way for beginners to start, I have to highly recommend that you know the basics of Buddhism before you pick this up. There are ALL sorts of terms being used here and the author assumes you know what they mean. A student will ask "why would karma and ratna be more solid than vajra?
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My one star doesn't mean there isn't anything worth while reading in this book. But it does mean, that it was so hard for me to try to follow anything said, that I put it down and will probably not pick it up again. It made my head hurt trying to figure out what the author was trying to say.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Riki S. Dennis on October 4, 2012
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This book isn't just a pleasing read - the work is sound enough to merit inclusion in my dissertation's Literature Review. Add in spiritual enrichment, and you get a good picture of this book!
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1997
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The concepts in this book focus on the Mandala principle of Buddhism, presented as a series of commentaries and questions from students following each commentary. The author reveals the subtle wisdom behind the mandala principle and how it relates to our own personal styles. It is good reading for those who wish to know more about the perspectives of Buddhism
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